by B.S. Johnson

Published by New Directions. See http://www.ndpublishing.com

This is Johnson's most broadly humorous book, though as readers will discover, his humour has a bite. Christie is a simple man. His job in a bank puts him next to but not in posession of money. He encounters the principles of Double-Entry Bookkeeping and adapts them in his own dramatic fashion to settle his account with society. Under the column headed 'Aggravation' for offenses received from society (the unpleasantness of the bank manager is the first on an ever-growing list), debit Christie; under 'recompense', for offenses given back (scratching the facade of an office block), credite Christie. All accounts are to be settled in full, and they are – in the most alarming way.


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